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June 14th, 2014

Burkhalter realizes dream come true

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David Michael Burkhalter has discovered that yes, life is good.
A year ago, that might not have been the case.
Oh, it wasn’t as if he was soaked with sorrow and disappointment after seeing the list of Class 5A All-State baseball players voted on by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
It was just somewhat perplexing that his 11-1 record, microscopic 0.93 earned run average and 117 strikeouts as Ruston High’s ace pitcher only warranted a line on the honorable mention chart.
But now, spin the scenario to a year later and things are much better.

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Stormy weather deserves attention

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Sitting at the keyboard working on this column, I hear the thunder, see lightening flashing, watch the trees whipping back and forth and hear heavy rain on the window outside my office. A typical spring storm is raging across north Louisiana and on the one hand, it’s comforting. On the other hand, it’s unsettling.
This is the season when our part of the country often experiences such thunderstorms. Come August, we’ll be praying for some of this wonderful rain but for the here and now, we’re satisfied.

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Two Tech students to compete in fishing tourney

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MONKEY ISLAND, Oklahoma — FLW College Fishing is headed to Oklahoma’s Grand Lake on Saturday for the second regular-season stop in the Southern Conference.
Up to 50 college teams will be competing for a top award of $2,000 and a berth in the Southern Conference Invitational tournament.
Matthew Loetscher of Many and Caleb Boudreaux of Doyline will represent Louisiana Tech in the event.

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June 13th

Tales about dads for Father’s Day

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Summer is definitely here — certainly in Dallas.  However, the weather can’t seem to make up its mind. One day recently, the temperature was 90 and by noon it had dropped to 68. By nightfall it was 77.
Seems everyone has had a cold or a bout with allergies. I think I was greedy and had them both, but you can’t keep a good gal down, so I’m on a roll now — even my red nose has settled down.

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Students to help seniors with technology

Senior citizens and seasoned citizens wanting to know how to get more out of their smartphones, laptops and mobile devices are getting some help at Grambling State University this week.
Designed specifically for people who are 50 years old and older, the university’s service learning program and the university first-year experience program are co-hosting a four-day event, “Strengthening Technology Skills,” Monday through Thursday. The program will start each day at 2 p.m. in room 211 in the Charles P. Adams Building on campus. The event is free.

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Peach Art Exhibit drop-off set for Thursday

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I hope everyone has his or her Peach Art Exhibit entries ready, because we are less than a week away from “check in day.”
Children can compete in one of three Youth Categories for $20 to $75; Ages 9 and Under, Ages 10 to 13 and Ages 14 to 17. Adults may compete in five categories for $50 to $150; Drawing, Painting, Photography, Original Crafts and the Miscellaneous category covers everything from printmaking and collage work, to digital art works and more.

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Lincoln 4-Hers excel in archery

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The Lincoln Parish 4-H Archery Team participated in the Regional Archery competition in Grand Cane.
The competition team consisted of 23 members. Five senior shooters participated in the national qualifying event, which includes; 3D, FITA and Field.
Jeff Meyers won first in FITA and second in Field. Devin Rowland won first in 3D competition. Jeff Meyers was sixth overall and Devin Rowland was fourth overall.

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Francis finishes 14th

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EUGENE, Oregon — Louisiana Tech senior Kim Francis recorded a career-best finish at the NCAA Championships in her final year of eligibility as the Youngsville native ran to a 14th place finish in the 100-meter hurdles Thursday.
Francis ran 13.40 marking her second-best time and best finish in placing in her third trip to the national meet. She had previously finished 21st twice before, in 2012 and 2013.

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Hildebrand paved way for Demons

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NATCHITOCHES —Tynes Hildebrand had to travel over some dirt roads to get from his home in Florien to Northwestern State so he could enroll and play basketball for legendary coach H. Lee Prather’s Demons in 1950. Since then, he’s paved the way for many others.

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AAU team to hold breakfast fundraiser

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The Ruston Lady Red Storm 8th Grade Girls AAU Basketball Team will hold a Pancake Breakfast from 8-10 a.m. Saturday at Applebees in Ruston.
Proceeds will go to the team as to help prepare to travel to the National Tournament in July.
Tickets are $5 and you can get a carryout plate at the event or dine in.
For more information call 318-245-2738.

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